TRG Healthcare, LLC Aligns with Laboratory Operations Expert to Support Growth of its Laboratory Transformation Services

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TRG Healthcare, LLC, a premier healthcare consulting firm with expertise in strategy, finance, affiliations and transactions, is pleased to announce a new strategic working relationship with Earl Buck, MT (ASCP).

Mr. Buck has more than forty years experience in the clinical laboratory industry with particular emphasis on regional laboratory consolidation and integration, business strategy and pathology relationships. Previously, Mr. Buck was an owner and COO of Chi Solutions, Inc., the largest clinical laboratory consultancy in the U.S. In this role, Mr. Buck was responsible for the service delivery elements of the company as well as the day to day operation. Mr. Buck retired from these responsibilities in October 2012. Before joining Chi Solutions, Inc., Mr. Buck was Executive Director of Duke University Health System Clinical laboratories.

“We are pleased to have established this strategic working relationship with Earl to augment our firm’s expertise in laboratory operations and process improvement and provide our clients with access to a leading expert in the field,” said Howard Peterson, Managing Partner of TRG Healthcare. "We see a growing need for providers to optimize lab performance in the emerging market as appropriate utilization, efficiency and coordinated care become more critical and are focused on assembling the very best resources to help them meet their lab performance goals.”

Mr. Buck received his B.A. in Biology from the University of Minnesota and his MT (ASCP) certification following completion of the U.S. Navy program in Medical Technology. He completed graduate coursework in Systems Management at the University of Southern California and in Business Administration at the University of Northern Iowa. A member of the Clinical Laboratory Management Association for thirty years, Mr. Buck served on its Board of Directors for 12 years and in elected offices leading to President of the association. He is also a member of the American Pathology Foundation. Additionally, Mr. Buck has significant training in Quality Improvement and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, with application experience in both hospital and commercial laboratory settings.

Based in Philadelphia, PA, TRG Healthcare is recognized nationally as a premier healthcare, consulting firm. The firm offers best-in-class resources, innovative thinking, proven methodologies and breakthrough results. The TRG team of senior level consultants brings significant experience and creativity to each client engagement with particular expertise in strategic and business planning, complex financial advisory services, hospital-physician alignment, transactions and affiliations, as well as, services specific to academic medical centers and select clinical service lines including cardiovascular, cancer, orthopedics, neurosciences and surgical services. To learn more, visit

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